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Eden Foods Files Suit Against Contraception Mandate, Citing Birth Control As Immoral. PLEASE!!! Anne Says: Don’t Support Eden Foods With Your Wallet!

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

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Why Philadelphia Women Need the Earned Sick Days Bill

Izabel Goulart in Sign from Lilith That Anne Has Religious Morals After All

Gang of 10 Republican NM Women Want to Jail Rape Victims for 3 Years If They Abort

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu | The Feminine Feminist

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

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50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Alfred Hitchcock’s Obsession: Sienna Miller As Tippi Hedren in ‘The Girl’

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women’s IQs Now Higher Than Men’s

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

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Catholic Bishops Hats Inspire Coconut Shrimp Recipe

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

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Bye Bye to UniteWomen.org, Karen Teegarden & Anita Doll Fiouris

Tabea Koebach | Seiji Fujimori | The Ground #2 | ‘The Throne’

Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Research Review: Are Kids of Gay Parents Better Off With Mom & Imprisoned Dad?

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

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Tuesday
Sep212010

New Perspective: Religious Life in the Tenth Parallel

Soldiers stand guard after December 2008 post-election riots in central Nigeria leave hundreds dead.Updated: Sept. 21, 2010

At least 10,000 Nigerians have died during Christian-Muslim violence during the past decade. The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria is evenly divided between Christians and Muslims.

Eliza Griswold, who has spent the last five years traveling to Nigeria to examine the causes of religious violence, explores the fact the Muslims and Christians in Africa are involved in a numbers game, in her book “The Tenth Parallel”.

The tenth parallel north, the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator, is the defining metaphor of our time, according to Griswold.

An ideological front line stretching across two continents and nineteen countries, this is where Christianity and Islam collide—a profound encounter that shapes the lives of more than a billion people. It’s not just geographic; it’s demographic.

Hear Griswold explain the fundamentals of her views in this Blogging Heads interview withNell Freudenberger.

The Tenth Parallel

Griswold offers thinking people a new context for understanding what’s going on in our world, at a time when big words like poverty, religious conflict or global development are ambiguous, overwhelming concepts.

While CNN focuses on Nigeria — the most visible paradigm of a self-destructive country breeding terrorists like Uman Farouk AbdulMutallab — Griswold directs our attention to the tenth parallel north. She also puts religion front and center as the major influence in this zone.

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Monday
Sep202010

Women Inspiring Women NYC Conference Launches Today

The WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) is a dynamic new annual conference for women hosted by the White Ribbon Alliance, and taking place today, Sept. 20, 2010, in New York City, timed to coincide with the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN General Assembly. 

Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan will host the first annual conference for New York’s most powerful women in politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts, collaborating under the topical umbrella “Women Inspiring Women.”

Members of the White Ribbon Alliance will be issuing a general call to action on the subject of maternal global health, one of the eight UN Millenium goals for 2015 that may not be met.

WIE is focused on the next generation of young, global women leaders and has sponsored a competition supporting global maternal health with seven finalists: Hadhya Yahya Mohammed Al-Zawm (WRA Yemen), Gloria Iribagiza (WRA Rwanda), Deepa Jha (WRA India), Jayshree Satpute (WRA India), Alberta Steven (WRA Tanzania), Christine Tumuhairwe (WRA Uganda), and Tracy Walakria (WRA Uganda). Read their biographies. 

The list of Symposium speakers at WIE includes (see complete list, now including Melinda Gates):

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Monday
Sep202010

Under the Microscope | Clinton Global Initiative | UN Millenium Development Goals

The world’s powerful and political are gathering in New York this week, with two major global powerhouses in play. The old-guard, highly-political UN holds court in Turtle Bay, while nearby the Clinton Global Initiative rolls into its sixth session.

Both organizations are under scrutiny in a week of major focus on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious blueprint on how to fight poverty, poor health and poor education on a globally-daunting scale.

Everyone associated with the UN programs agrees that it’s possible that only one or two of the eight 2015 goals will be met. It’s believed that the goals of halving poverty and hunger and cutting in half the number of people without clean water will be met.

The UN may be 65 years old, with a 120,000 person team, and a secretariat with about 40,000 employees.

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Friday
Sep172010

Self-Reflecting Human Consciousness Tied To Prefrontal Cortex Grey Matter

RoseTracker| If you are a self-reflective individual, a person who thinks about the meaning and impact of your decisions and actions — considered to be a key aspect of human consciousness — you may have more grey matter in the anterior prefrontal cortex of the brain. This region lying right behind our eyes is a strong indicator of our introspective ability.

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Friday
Sep102010

Sobered Edun Brand Ready for Reality-Checked Bounce Back

One of a line of t-shirts created to coincide with the World Cup.The Wall Street Journal has an excellent read about Edun, the clothing collection founded by Ali Hewson and Bono, with the vision of revitalizing apparel manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa. The story does a great job of separating fact from fiction — not only about the Edun project — but about the challenges of manufacturing clothes in Africa.

When the new Edun collection premiers tomorrow, during New York Fashion Week, designer Sharon Wauchob, who trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and later worked for Louis Vuitton before starting her own collection based in Paris, will be showing product primarily produced in China.

Reality is that the Edun line has experienced a rough ride in retail, known for its poor fashion and a series of production and quality problems.

Ms. Hewson recalls seeing an embroidered jacket hanging at Saks with the wrist the same width as the sleeve instead of being tapered as intended. The company’s longtime communications director, Bridget Russo, says she once hosted a party in the dark, at the chic cabaret venue The Box, to draw attention away from the clothes. via WSJ

The manufacturing and financial problems around Edun were so great that Hewson says they considered pulling the plug on the project. Their friend Jeffrey Sachs, the well-known Columbia project also working with Madonna in Africa, urged them to stick it out.

Success meant selling 49 percent of the company to LVMH last year and bringing in a roster of industry professionals to run the company. The brand shows new promise with design and renewed support from retailers like Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue. BUT, the fashion and quality must be right on. All parties agree with this disclaimer.

For this reason, about 90 percent of Edun’s manufacturing is in China, not Africa. “Shipments from Africa arrived late, and retailers complained about the clothes’ design and fit, leading to poor sales.”

Today’s Edun products carry details made in Africa — such as beading — with hopes that new manufacturing projects can be executed in the region. Edun seems now focused on special projects like this one in tee shirts, to retain a spotlight on development in Africa:

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Wednesday
Sep082010

Angelina Jolie Attempts to Reignite Aid for Pakistani Flood Victims

In this photo provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, right, the goodwill ambassador of UNHCR, talks with a flood-affected women during her visit to a camp for people displaced by heavy floods in Nowshera, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010. Angelina Jolie, who has traveled to more than 20 countries in her role as UN goodwill ambassador on behalf of refugees, says the devastation in Pakistan is the worst she has ever seen.

In talking about Jolie’s humanitarian work, the Christian Science Monitor notes that it’s easy for ordinary folks to roll their eyes when the subject is celebrities doing humanitarian work. We’ve never rolled our eyes at Angelina Jolie, instead making her one of the few philanthro-activists that we follow regularly.

Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt are the embodiment of the Smart Sensuality values couple we write about. And Jolie is the consummate Smart Sensuality woman.

Jolie speaks in this next video in August, 2010 before leaving for Pakistan:

Angelina Jolie on getting aid to Pakistan

Ishfaq Ahmed, head of operations for the Hashoo foundation in Pakistan, was grateful for Jolie’s arrival in a country now known for having a ‘trust deficit’, according to Mr. Ahmed.

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Wednesday
Sep082010

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Defining 'La Dolce Vita' on Humanist Terms

When news breaks about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, it comes in waves and almost always touches the totality of our content at Anne of Carversville. Today is no different, with Brangelina touching multiple Anne of Carversville chords:

1. In a move the entire world is calling ‘la dolce vita’, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have purchased a spectacular Italian estate called Villa Constanza in Valpolicella, Italy for $40 million.

2. Brad Pitt is a vegetarian, while Angelina Jolie likes red meat for proper nutrition. In statements that are guaranteed to be controversial, Angelina Jolie says that she was inspired by her partner’s vegan diet, but adopting it herself left her more skeletal and not in good health.

We can assume that Angelina cares about how animals are cared for, given her stance on human rights. And we doubt that she would be thrilled with Lady Gaga’s new slabs of red meat bikini for Vogue Hommes Japan.

3. Speaking in Pakistan this morning, Angelina condemned plans of a few Americans led by Terry Jones to burn the Koran (Quran) on September 11. The couple shares our view that religious fundamentalism in every guise threatens to enjulf the world in further suffering and bloodshed.

4. The real point of Angelina Jolie being in Pakistan this morning is in her role as UN goodwill ambassador for refugees.

In a growing signal that funds are unavailable for crises in a troubled economic world, Jolie is trying to raise funds to help Pakistani refugees living in devastated flood zones.

Angelina Jolie, and her partner Brad Pitt, are a few of the people we track regularly at Anne of Carversville, because their lifestyle encompasses our own values.

The biggest news is the purchase of Villa Constanza in Valpolicella, Italy because it’s a dream to most of us to live in such surroundings. I’ve personally traveled to Italy over 200 times in my life, and used to joke that I kissed the ground when the plane landed.

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